Selva, Mallorca, Things to do and see, hotels, market
Set in a picturesque setting at the foot of the green Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, Selva is a beautiful town in a highly sought after area of Mallorca.
This small town boasts a wealth of local character and beautifully represents the rural areas of the island, with great contrast to southern Mallorca and the many holiday resorts on the coasts.
Selva’s long history and many exciting buildings, invite curiosity and admiration, in addition, Selva is a great place for cycling enthusiasts to discover.
Things to do and see in Selva
Selva is a great place for physical activities such as wealking, trekking and cycling. The location at the foothills of the mountains makes it easy to reach the really fun and challenging roads, as well as the many walking routes leading about in the scenic nature. But Selva also offers a handful of places of interest worth visiting or passing by.
Below are some suggestions on thing to do when visiting Selva.
VISIT THE PARISH CHURCH OF SANT LLORENC
The parish church of Sant Llorenc rises high above the rooftops of Selva and can be seen from far away, some would call it the landmark of the area. Looking at the temple from the outside is an impressive sight with its huge dimensions , but it is absolutely just as admirable from the inside.
ENJOY AN EXCURSION TO THE RUINS OF THE TEMPLE OF CHRIST
In the beautiful green hills outside Selva, you will find the ruins of a former chapel built to honor Easter. Unfortunately, because of the commercial exploit of the soil the chapel was quickly left to decline. Today, the ruins of the former chapel is the only thing left here, however, there are processions during Easter to this place from Selva. Before the chapel was built, there was a watchtower at this place that was part of an extensive network of towers communicating with each other in times of attacks.
THE OLD WATER SUPPLY
From a time when clean or fresh water was not something every home had, you can explore the old lavoir and water sources that used to supply the inhabitants of Selva. A stairway leads 23 steps underground to a bunker with two concrete basins that women used for washing clothes and bring home water.
PASS BY THE VALELLA CROSS
If you have walked in Mallorcan villages, you have probably seen stone crosses and sculptures in the streets. These crosses used to mark village border back during the Middle Ages and later used to guide pilgrims toward chapels in the area. The cross of Valella is a fine example of a baroque cross and has been declared cultural heritage of Selva.
THE SON ARNAU FINCA
Son Arnau is a charming little petit hotel i Selva, but was originally an inn for pilgrims on their way to the famous Lluc monastery. The building dates back from the 18th century and is another place that indicates the importance of Selva as a religious station.
THE SON BISBAL FINCA
Son Bisbal is another historical building in Selva. This beautiful old building from the 17th century, used to house the civil guard and has been a central part of Selva for centuries. Today, the building houses a wonderful boutique hotel of same name.
Where to stay in Selva
There is a number of great accommodation options for your stay in Selva, including villas and fincas scattered all over the picturesque landscape between the almond groves and mountain slopes. You can also choose to go for extra luxury and leisure with a stay in one of the authentic and very charming finca hotels such as the S’Hort de Cas Missèr, Sa Bisbal or Son Arnau, these are particularly great choices for a romantic escape.
Hotel Son Arnau ****
Son Arnau offers luxury and intimacy in the historic building, located in peaceful, beautiful surroundings in Selva. The hotel is stylishly decorated, with spacious rooms, large comfortable beds and balconies overlooking the pool and mountains. Son Arnau is simply one of your best choices of accommodation in Selva.
Can Cota Boutique ****
Great location and peaceful surroundings, just what you need after a day on the go with lots of experiences and impressions. Can Cota is especially praised for its location, breakfast and the beautiful relaxing outdoor areas.
Sa Bisbal – Turismo de interior ****
The small boutique hotel Sa Bisbal offers a relaxed atmosphere, spacious rooms and good breakfast in the heart of Selva. Sa Bisbal is a historic and charming building, and you can look forward to accommodation in beautiful authentic surroundings.
Markets & Events
Weekly Market in Selva
Every Wednesday morning, the local market in Selva is held in the main square of the village. At the market, you can enjoy a joyful atmosphere of locals and tourists mingling between the many stalls. You can sample local specialties such as meats, sausages, cheeses, pastries, fruits, and vegetables, as well as purchasing some to bring home to the hotel or villa.
The market is not like the big markets in Alcúdia or Inca, it is more like a traditional farmers market with commodities and fresh produce from the local area. However, you can also find Mallorcan crafts, tools and painted ceramics which are very charming and decorative, much better to bring home than many other souvenirs.
Annual events and happenings
Fira de La Creu
Every year on May 3, Selva celebrates La Creu, a traditional mass that deals with the blessing of fruits and vegetables. La Creu is a wonderful spring event, with lots of flowers, plants, food, crafts and much more. At the same time, the fair is a wonderful opportunity to experience traditional Mallorcan folk dances and pieces of music. At the fair there are also a lot of fun and cultural activities.
Fira de ses Herbes
The second Sunday in June is the time for the annual herbal festival in Selva, a wonderful and aromatic event that will seduce your senses. The Herbal Festival is dedicated to herbs and plants growing in Tramuntana that have been used for generations.
Come and experience a world of sensual herbs for cosmetic use, for medicinal use and for use in cooking, everything can be found here. There is always a very special atmosphere for the herbal party in Selva, do not miss it.
Festes de Sant Llorenç
Throughout the first week of August, Selva celebrates its patron saint, Sant Llorenç, with a big city party. Sports tournaments, games, competitions, outdoor dining, exhibitions, folk dances, concerts, and of course a large market.
A bit of history of Selva
The area of Selva is believed to have been inhabited by humans since Roman dominance of the island. However, Selva first appears in the book of distribution from 1235, a book that documented the ownership and division of lands in Mallorca and Catalonia after the conquest. At that time the area referred to the farmhouse of Alcheria Xilvar.
There are several theories suggesting the origin of the name, however, two of the most backed are the ones of the Latin word Silva which refers to forest or jungle, or that the name derives from pre-Roman word Sèlver referring to silver.
During Islamic dominance of Mallorca, the town of Selva was actually located closer to where Inca is now. After the Catalan conquest of Mallorca (1229-1235), king Jaume I donated the land to the two knights, Pere Nunis and Pere Laí, each got half of the territory.
In the year 1300, the town was established where it is today by king Jaume II of Mallorca. At that time, the town was divided in three parts; Camarata, Valella and Puig.
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